Eastern Trans Africa

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  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 72 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 26
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Cairo, Kenya
  • Ends Nairobi, Kenya
  • +37
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • See the mummy of Rameses II in the Cairo Museum
  • Guided tour of the pyramids, tombs and other wonders of Egypt
  • Explore the ancient city of Alexandria
  • See the famous Suez canal
Start in Cairo and end in Nairobi, the Eastern Trans Africa tour is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 72 days. You will visit Konso, Port Said, Mekele and 35 other destinations in 4 different countries. Eastern Trans Africa is a group tour which will include accommodation, transport, meals and others. See below for further details.

This trip is about travelling the Nile, or rather the Niles as it travels between the Mediterranean and East Africa, along the course of the Nile as far south as Khartoum and then along the Blue Nile to Lake Tana in the mountains of Ethiopia.  Along the way we pass through the Sahara Desert in both Egypt and Sudan, through the Ethiopian Highlands and then into the Rift Valley of East Africa

We explore the Islamic lands of North Africa and enter the lands of Ethiopia’s ancient Christian civilisations. We witness a wealth of extraordinary histories of Ancient Egypt, the Kushite Kingdom of Sudan and then the kingdoms of Ethiopia. Seldom has a trip had such a huge number of ancient historic monuments as this one.

Add into this the wildlife of East Africa, trekking across the Simien Mountains and crossing the northern Kenyan deserts and you have one of Africa’s greatest journeys

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Based on 1,020 reviews
  • Aaron
  • On Jun 04 2015
5 - Excellent
Aaron's review for another Dragoman tour
“Jan and Jaime were amazing, the best leader and driver we could have asked for.”
  • Deborah
  • On Jun 04 2015
5 - Excellent
Deborah's review for another Dragoman tour
“Tony is an excellent tour leader- informative, very helpful and calm.
Bearing in mind both Tony and Lou plus a number of passengers were extremely ill during this leg, I never had any concerns that I had missed an opportunity or wouldn't get somewhere that we were supposed to go. They both did a fantastic job and I would not hesitate to go on a trip with them again either as leader or driver.”
  • Elzbieta
  • On Feb 15 2019
5 - Excellent
Elzbieta's review for another Dragoman tour
“Stayed in places off the beaten track, like the bush camp in abandoned town and the Estancia”
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  • Day 1: Cairo
  • Day 2: Cairo
  • Day 3: Alexandria
  • Day 4: Alexandria
  • Day 5: Port Said
  • Day 6: Zafarana
  • Day 7: El Quseir
  • Day 8: Marsa Alam
  • Day 9: Marsa Alam
  • Day 10: Marsa Alam
  • Day 11: Luxor
  • Day 12: Luxor
  • Day 13: Luxor
  • Day 14: Aswan
  • Day 15: Nile Felucca
  • Day 16: Aswan
  • Day 17: Aswan
  • Day 18: Abu Simbel
  • Day 19: Wadi Halfa
  • Day 20: Wawa
  • Day 21: Karima
  • Day 22: Naqa
  • Day 23: Naqa
  • Day 24: Naqa
  • Day 25: Khartoum
  • Day 26: Khartoum
  • Day 27: Gedaref
  • Day 28: Gondar
  • Day 29: Gondar
  • Day 30: Gondar
  • Day 31: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 32: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 33: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 34: Simien Mountains NP
  • Day 35: Axum
  • Day 36: Axum
  • Day 37: Mekele
  • Day 38: Danakil Depression
  • Day 39: Mekele
  • Day 40: Lalibela
  • Day 41: Lalibela
  • Day 42: Lalibela
  • Day 43: Awra Amba
  • Day 44: Bahir Dar
  • Day 45: Bahir Dar
  • Day 46: Bahir Dar
  • Day 47: Debre Markos
  • Day 48: Addis Ababa
  • Day 49: Addis Ababa
  • Day 50: Addis Ababa
  • Day 51: Harar
  • Day 52: Harar
  • Day 53: Harar
  • Day 54: Awash NP
  • Day 55: Lake Ziway
  • Day 56: Lake Ziway
  • Day 57: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 58: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 59: Bale Mountains NP
  • Day 60: Awasa
  • Day 61: Arba Minch
  • Day 62: Arba Minch
  • Day 63: Arba Minch
  • Day 64: Konso
  • Day 65: Moyale
  • Day 66: Samburu Village
  • Day 67: Samburu National Reserve
  • Day 68: Naro Moru
  • Day 69: Naro Moru
  • Day 70: Naivasha
  • Day 71: Nairobi
  • Day 72: Nairobi
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Private Bus, Ferry, Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • Comfortable Hotel 24 nights
  • Basic Hotel 18 nights
  • Camping 9 nights
  • Multishare Hostel 6 nights
  • Overnight Boat 1 night
  • Camping without facilities 10 nights
  • Guesthouse 3 nights
  • 144 Breakfasts
  • 44 Lunches
  • 44 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Cairo and from Nairobi are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Eastern Trans Africa tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Eastern Trans Africa tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 14 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 14 August 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Eastern Trans Africa tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Eastern Trans Africa tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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